Eustream to start physical flow from Austria by year end
Slovak gas transmission system operator (TSO) Eustream is planning to enable physical reversed flow gas shipment from the Austrian hub Baumgarten into Slovakia by the end of this year, Eustream's board chairman Antoine Jourdain told the European Gas Conference in Vienna, Austria on Thursday.
The reversed flow will be possible via the WAG pipeline, Jourdain told ICIS Heren.
Slovakia is connected to the Baumgarten hub but physical flows only go in one direction - from Slovakia to Austria. Some commercial flows take place in the opposite direction on paper as well, without physically flowing.
Jourdain also said Eustream and the Austrian TSO had signed an interconnection agreement last November synchronizing their nomination and other technical procedures in preparation to the launch of reversed flow.
Slovak gas incumbent Slovensky plynarensky priemysel (SPP), which controls Eustream, is active trading gas on Baumgarten.
The project is part of Eustream's efforts to diversify gas supplies to Slovakia, which is currently almost totally dependant on Russian gas.
In a separate project, Eustream and its Hungarian counterpart FGSZ recently held the non-binding phase of an open season (OS) for a planned interconnector linking their grids (see ESGM 21 December 2009). KZ
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